October 16, 2021

Hüseyin Babal

Health Article

Oil and gas wells trigger heart problems in babies

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A new study shows that babies of mothers who live close to oil and gas wells have a higher risk of heart disease.

University of Colorado’s Dr. In a study led by Lisa McKenzie, it was noted that congenital heart diseases can be seen up to 70 percent more in babies of mothers who live near oil and gas wells.

Researchers followed the pregnancies of women living within 1 mile (1.6 km) of oil and gas wells and studied 3,000 babies born between 2005 and 2011. It was determined that these babies were 40 to 70 percent more likely to have congenital heart defects, depending on their proximity to the wells.

Researchers looked at where mothers lived, especially just before conception and during the first weeks of pregnancy. Because congenital heart diseases appear in the first weeks of pregnancy and the environment in which the mother is in this period and the air she breathes affect the emergence of these disorders. Especially at the beginning of pregnancy, it was determined that the children of mothers living close to oil and natural gas wells were more likely to have heart diseases than normal.

17 million people live close to wells

In the USA, only the state of Colorado has 60 thousand oil and natural gas wells. Nationwide, 17 million people live close to these wells. US President Donald Trump has stated that since he took office, he will open about 3,000 square kilometers of state-owned oil exploration. This research puts a new trump card in the hands of environmentalists who are already against Trump’s decision.

Congenital heart diseases have the highest mortality rate among infants who die from congenital diseases. Heart conditions can cause slow growth and brain disorders in babies.

Source: Common Dreams

University of Colorado’s Dr. In a study led by Lisa McKenzie, it was noted that babies born to mothers living near oil and gas wells were 40 to 70 percent more likely to have congenital heart defects. Examining 3,000 babies born between 2005 and 2011, researchers determined that heart disease was more common in babies born to mothers who lived near wells, especially just before pregnancy and in the first weeks of pregnancy. Congenital heart diseases have the highest mortality rate among infants who die from congenital diseases. Heart conditions can cause slow growth and brain disorders in babies.

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